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At Spence Funeral Services, we help families through the process of saying farewell by creating meaningful celebration gatherings that honor the love and life of those who have passed. We help families share special and unique remembrances by providing caring guidance and supporting individual wishes.
Our mission has always been to provide excellent service to families while keeping costs affordable. As a long-standing member of the local community, we are a resource for individuals and families for funeral and memorial services in Manheim, Lititz, Elizabethtown and the surrounding Lancaster County areas.
We understand that it is not always possible to attend a visitation or service. We’ll create beautiful online memory pages to reach out to those who want to express their love and support. Family and friends may share a condolence or memory, post a photo, watch a webcast of the service, and more.
Please feel free to browse our pages to learn more about preplanning, grief support, traditional funeral and cremation services that we offer. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Manheim, PA – March 24, 2020 - Farewell Gatherings amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
Few world events are able to define a century, let alone a generation or decade, like World Wars and pandemic diseases. We are witnessing such an event as the pandemic COVID-19 has made its way from Asia across the globe. Life has not only been disrupted; it has been changed. The response of governments, agencies, and individuals is ever-changing as the situation continues its grip.
From the beginning, death care services, including funeral homes, has been considered “essential” by the federal and state governments. Only recently, it was recommended that groups should be limited to 250 people. Shortly following that recommendation, government agencies were reducing the numbers to 50 and then to 10.
Today, the executive director of Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Kathleen Ryan, Esquire, issued a memo to PFDA member funeral homes updating Funeral Home Operating Procedures During COVID-19. In that memo Ryan writes, “Funerals or anything connected to them must be limited to ten people or less including you and your staff. This means any tribute to the deceased should be immediate family or next of kin. Members want to argue or negotiate what that means. “Can I just rotate 10 at a time?” No. “Well, there are grandchildren; I can’t eliminate them.” Yes, you can, and you must. Arrangements or pre-arrangements (if necessary) should be done by phone, fax, skype, FaceTime, etc. These steps are critically necessary to help reduce the severity of this virus and exposure among humans (emphasis hers).”
It is the sincere desire of the staff of Spence Funeral Services to continue serving families in an understanding and sensitive manner while we protect families, our community and staff from exposure to this new coronavirus. We will continue to uphold our duty to both the deceased and the living to the best of our ability. Limiting gathering sizes, delaying gatherings, webcasting services, and helping families to host memorial services following this pandemic are some of the options that are available.
Together we will weather this storm and become stronger.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:1, 11
Manheim, PA – March 16, 2020 – Teen Central in Manheim has received a grant from Matthew Children’s Foundation, at the initiation of William P. Spence Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Teen Central is a Christian-based nonprofit ministry serving middle school and high school students of Manheim Central Area School District. In addition to providing area teens with a safe place for adult-supervised recreation and sports, the teen center offers opportunities for spiritual development, fostering positive relationships, personal growth, and healthy behaviors. This particular grant is intended to be used to make repairs to the two indoor basketball courts.
Teen Central executive director Janelle Heying (center) receives the $1000 grant from Derek Miller, Matthew Aurora Strategic Business Director (left) and William Spence, funeral director (right).
Our newest innovation in funeral service, webcasting, allows others to attend your loved one's service. Funeral webcasts are viewed over the internet and are archived for future viewing. We can also produce a DVD of the service as a permanent keepsake.